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Finns go to the polls on Sunday in legislative elections expected to oust the left-right government after a campaign that has focused heavily on how to lift Finland out of a three-year economic slump. Public opinion polls have predicted a resounding victory for the liberal-agrarian Centre Party leader Juha Sipila, a 53-year-old IT millionaire and newcomer to politics. Elected to parliament in 2011, Sipila became party leader in 2012 when he was still virtually unknown to most Finns. Tradition dictates that the largest party takes the post of prime minister and forms a government with the other largest parties to obtain a majority in parliament.
The Washington Wizards, led by a strong performance from Paul Pierce, held off Toronto 93-86 in overtime on the Raptors' home floor on Saturday to open the NBA playoffs. The Wizards squandered a lead that stretched to as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter, but allowed the Raptors to score just four points in overtime to seal the victory in the opener of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series. Elsewhere in the East, a resurgent Derrick Rose scored 23 points to lead the Bulls to a 103-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Chicago.